KJR Transmitter Site, 1925

In May of 1926, Vincent Kraft told the local newspapers he was looking for a more favorable location for the KJR transmitter on the north end of the city.  “I am looking for a good site for the two steel towers which will support our new antenna system.  We are not satisfied with the results obtained in our downtown location.”   The next year, the facility shown here was completed at 15th Avenue NE and NE 185th Street in Lake Forest Park, concurrent with KJR’s move to the Home Savings Building.  A new brick transmitter building and two self-supporting towers were constructed to support the characteristic flat-top “T” wire antenna of the era.  KJR operated from here until 1937, and it is now the location of St. Mark Catholic Church.